This week blog is all about the harvest and why we need a good harvest under our belt. Go back to last summer when we had the never-ending dry spell of weather and blistering heat, a lot of farmers struggled with the harvest and crop yield was at an all time low. Fast forward to this summer and the conditions couldn’t be better! 2019 had a mixture of heat, rain and sunshine, all perfect for my barley!
This weekend we are combining the last of the barley ready to be used for fodder over the coming months. It’s always nice to get the fields cleared and get grain in the Read More
Rachel and Karol (Founder member from our first ever event) have had a great night at Kurries & Steaks tonight celebrating the 6th year of business. Congratulations Shri and the rest of the team!
Ballakelly and Kurries & Steaks quite often partner at events so we now like to refer to ourselves as “BallaKurries”. We have got an exciting announcement coming shortly regarding Dry Aged Steaks! We would also like to thank the following people that we supply that have supported us from the start:
- Manx Desserts
Please see below this weeks offers, don’t forget we offer free Island-Wide delivery on all orders over £10!!
This week’s blog is dedicated to the ‘Meat Heroes’, these are the people who continually support us both behind the scene and when we are in the public eye, without them the ‘Ballakelly Farm’ you guys have grown to know and love would not happen.
As usual I like to google a few things to help inspire me with my blog, this week I looked up the meaning of a few words:
A person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.
A group of individuals who share a legal or genetic bond, but for many people, family means much more, and even the simple idea of genetic bonds can be more Read More
Sunday was the 8 week birthday for our two Puppies Peggy & Gem
Peggy left for her new home on Monday with Katie Cannon, we wish her all the best and look forward to following her progress as a sheep dog,
Gem is staying at Ballakelly, to hopefully be trained to be Tinky’s very own sheepdog. Her special purple whistle arrived last week and she is hoping to purchase a crook from the agricultural show on the 9th & 10th August, so watch this space as we follow their progress.
I will Read More
This week’s blog is going to be short and sweet just like me!
Unfortunately, Ballakelly and the team = Me & Rach, are struggling at the minute so it is with great regret that I announce we will not be at the Southern Show this year ☹
This is due to us starting our combining on Tuesday, Harvey has some sensory therapy (4 hours day for ten days!), we need to get lambs ready for the meat plant and we also have Farm Assurance round on Wednesday! There is no time left to make sausages ☹
However, be assured we will be at the Royal Manx!! Please come and find the Read More
Hi everyone! This is Nic and Kalia and we are both 3rd year vet students in Edinburgh. Last week, we had the opportunity to stay at the Ballakelly farm for 5 days to gain pig husbandry experience…but we got to do so much more than that. We herded sheep alongside Alan, Miles, and the resident sheepdogs, groomed and played with the horses, helped with some cow procedures, and were shown the entire process of pork production from piglet to meat. To top it off, we had almost an entire week of great weather and the sunshine during our visit which was a welcomed treat.
We would also like to say a Read More
Due to popular demand the Blog is back!!
Apologise for the silence, after lambing I had a 6 week sabbatical from social media to gather my thoughts. Only took a day but then I thought I would have a few reading weeks to catch up on my classic tractor and farmers weekly and make the most of the time out 😉
I realised last week that I had switched off from the outside world and was worried I had lost my writing Mo Jo, so I turned to Tinky for inspiration!! I asked her for 5 things we need to work on to improve Ballakelly Farm!
Hmmmm Ballakelly Farm Read More
Hey there hope you are all well,
Lambing 2019 is drawing to a close. I have really enjoyed it this year. Last night when I was sat having my brew at 3am my blog topic became obvious……
Before I share my thoughts I will give a 🆘 ‘save our sow’ update as it has been the most FAQ.
The best part about this update is that I no longer feel sick in my stomach at the thought of incinerating the mummy pigs but a huge warm glow that social media has worked we have all pull together as a team and given the mummy pigs some value 🥰
So all positive:
Helping Read More
Hey there Ballakelly family!!
What a week on the farm!! The maternity ward is filling up fast, just today we have had 3 calves and 10 lambs. ICU has one little guy so Alice has him in by the fire.
So this week’s blog will be short and sweet just like me!
I wanted to give you all an update on the mummy pig situation, I am over the sty to write that the campaign has really gained trotters!
- DDD – are taking 200kg of Manx sow trim and shipping it off island on Fri to turn into hotdogs
- The community farm are going to adopt a Mummy pig, this has been exciting as Read More